Create a Colorful, Eclectic Dining Room
Playful shades and retro accents make this family gathering spot anything but stuffy
Happy hues can brighten even the darkest room. Just ask costume designer Bethany Herwegh, whose dining room, situated in the middle of her Southern California bungalow, received little natural light. The remedy? Bring in Technicolor touches. "I wanted to liven things up, so I painted the hutch a bold Tiffany-box blue," she says. Mid-century-inspired side chairs in lemon- and lime-sherbet tones continue the playful palette and provide a fun contrast to a rustic farm table. Overhead, bright swallows take flight on whimsical wallpaper, setting the scene for a cloud-like vintage glass chandelier. All the while, creamy-tan wainscot keeps the room grounded and underscores the home's Craftsman aesthetic.
For ways to give your dining room an equally cheery look, read on.
Inspired by the space-age classic designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the chairs shown in the room are authentic reproductions made of fiberglass. This molded-plastic version delivers the silhouette at a bargain price.
Herwegh scored her one-of-a-kind 1960s light fixture on 1stdibs.com. This glass-droplet chandelier echoes its shape and gives off softly diffused light—perfect for over the dining room table.
$449; West Elm
Swapping out plain cabinet knobs and pulls for ones with more character is an easy way to give any piece instant charm.
Matchbox latch, $7, and glass knobs, $4 each; both, The Home Depot
The reflective mosaic tile on the hutch at left comes from a high-end retailer. These tiles offer similar sparkle for a fraction of the cost.
Casanova tile, $19 for a 10-by-14-inch sheet; tilebar.com
Door panels like the ones shown in the room are a hallmark of Arts and Crafts cabinetry. You can scour flea markets for similar hutches or salvaged glass inserts. Or try black caming line as an easy and inexpensive way to get the look. Just roll out the sticky-backed tape into your design. Cut and press into place.
$10 for a 6-foot roll; Jo-Ann Fabric